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I wasn't exactly sure about the dates so I looked them up. Actually, lead was introduced in gasoline in 1923. In the US, it was phased out starting in 1975 and completely off the market in 1986. Leaded gasoline is still available in many parts of the world although there is a movement by the world health organization to ban the use of leaded fuels worldwide. The reason to get rid of it is that lead is extremely poisonous. It particularly affects the nervous system, blood forming tissues and the intestines. When burned in an automobile it gets in the air, accumulates on the road and gets into the groundwater.
In addition to fuel, lead was also used in paint to provide a more durable coating. The use of lead in paint was discontinued in 1978.
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